CHAIRMAN’S NOTES 13TH OCTOBER 2018
Today is a first in many ways for the Club. We are holding our Presidential Luncheon with 87 attenders on a day when our Ladies team is playing Heathfield and Waldron and the Nomads are playing Folkestone 2nds.
Today has been planned as an extension of our One Club ethos. The Ladies team had just returned from a tour in Barcelona and last Sunday defeated Lordswood 39 – 7 to remain undefeated in the league; there was a good crowd and Fusiliers and spirit was joy to behold.
The nomads defeated Gravesend 3rds last Saturday 24 – 22 in an exhilarating match.
Today’s referees are Martin Croker and Graeme Ludley. I know that we will show them every respect and courtesy. Enthusiasm from spectators are an essential part of the game but rudeness and abuse will not be tolerated.
The First team are not playing today but had a nail biting win against Sheppey last Saturday 17 – 14 and after five games have 14 points. The defence in the second half when there was a strong wind against them (and being reduced to 13 players for the last 10 minutes) was superb. I fear that last season we would have lost that match and that for me was a sign of the improvement of our young side.
Under seven teams have won their two league games against Bromley and old lady and is; the under 16’s defeated Medway 24 –7 in the Kent cup; the under 15’s defeated Maidstone Thanet and Tunbridge Wells but lost to Daylesford and the under 14’s defeated Maidstone 57 – 19. Reports of the games show what a great bunch of coaches and players we have and on behalf of the committee I thank all those involved in mini and junior rugby.
This season we have two physios, Sam Hollyer and Hamish Startin. This means that the senior teams can play in the secure knowledge that they will be supported and looked after during the games and during the week whilst training.
The development plan for the new clubhouse is moving in the right direction; the new building will be for the benefit of all and so it is with a profound feeling of disappointment that I regret that despite all entreaties volunteers are not coming forward to assist. The drive for the new building must come from within all parts of the club and again I ask for all your help in trying to achieve what is essential for the future of the club and the community.
At the moment, projected numbers for those attending a fundraising luncheon at the Stationers Hall on 16 November are very low. Unless we can drum up support today, we must consider whether it is viable to continue with the Lunch. It was a fabulous occasion two years ago and it is perhaps frustrating that a club, such as ours cannot assist the fundraising committee in their endeavours.
If we can replicate off the field the success on the field, what an exciting and great club we will become.
#Strength and Honour
Cranbrook RF.C. - The Early Years (2)
The first recorded Committee meeting was held in the White Horse on 131. December 1958 with Gordon Sands, Dave and Mike McMinnies, John and Peter Veck, and John Dungey being present. It was reported that £57 was in the kitty and a dance in the Vestry Hall was discussed along with the matter of the Club colours and a Club tie. Subsequent meetings were held at "The Danes" the home of Dave and Mike McMinnies, until the Club's second Annual General Meeting took place on 25" July 1959 in "The Windmill," where it was stated that the fears expressed at the last meeting that the Club would not last a year had been well and truly squashed thanks to C. Russell-Scott and Mr. Veck". At the meeting the club's constitution was agreed and it was reported that the Club now had £100 in the bank, but it is also recorded that "the new captain, John Dungey, horrified the meeting by informing the members that from now on pre-season practices would be held every Sunday morning". In September 1959 the Committee set the match tax at 3/- for the coming season and already the idea of an "A" XV was being mooted. At the May meeting, now in the George Hotel, the value of services rendered to the Club during the year was recognised by the award of a gratuity of £3.3s Od. to the Bursar at the School and 10/to the barmaid at the George. The particular services rendered are not recorded in the Minutes. The AGM now also transferred to the George and on 28". July 1960 Dr. A.L.R. Mayer was elected President. Club ties had been purchased and permission for a Notice Board outside the George had been granted. £300 had passed through the Club's hands and there was still £100 in the bank.
The need for a ground of our own was recognised and the search was on for a suitable pitch, Already negotiations were in progress for the purchase of a plot of land one mile out of Cranbrook. At this time the Club was entirely dependant on the goodwill of Cranbrook School. The old Horsley changing rooms were used initially, and then the old gymnasium before it was pulled down to make way for the new development, and finally the new day-boy changing rooms - the last word in luxury to those who had experienced creeping through the snow across the school yard to the showers in mid January clad only in a towel. Matches were played principally on Cornwallis field with its notorious slope and on Old Big Side near Rammell House. The need for our own ground having been recognised, a sub-committee was set up in October 1960 to pursue this particular aspect. By early 1961 regular Friday evening training was taking place, thanks to the use of the School gymnasium, but attendance was poor and the Club morale seems to have been at a low ebb, although at the AGM in July it was noted that 71 players had played for the Club, and it was in the fixture list of the 1960-61 season that the Nomads XV appears for the first time.
In August 1961 the first mention is made of the Tomlin Ground when it was suggested that "as the Football Club no longer used the field next to the Cricket Ground, this should be investigated although it appears too small for a rugger pitch there being a fence between it and the Cricket Ground”. At this time the Club's "headquarters" were still the White Horse although meetings were being held in the George Hotel
NOMADS V FOLKESTONE II TODAY, KICK OFF AT 3.00PM
Cranbrook RFC Ladies first home game was cancelled due to the opposition not being able to field a team, our second league game found us away at New Ash Green where it was clear to see our hard work over the summer break working on pod work and our back line was paying off, we came away with a 0-15 win! Our third league game was played on Sunday against Lordswood Valkyries who turned up with only 12 players, however, this did not affect us, playing some well structured rugby we came away with our biggest win to date of 39-7. Not bad considering this was just a week after our first ever tour to Lloret de Mar where 13 ladies took part in the 2018 Barcelona Rugby tour! We had a fun packed weekend full of shenanigans and won our first piece of silverware, it was for best fancy dress but hey ho a trophy is a trophy! Our sponsors Hire4Lower have been extremely generous and sponsored us for our after game shirts, making us look and feel more of a team. Very positive times for Cranbrook RFC Ladies.